Awesome Open-Face Sloppy Joes

Andy Anderson !


I love Sloppy Joes because there are so many different ways you can make them. You can be boring, or you can be adventurous.

After a few hours playing around with this in the test kitchen, I would define this version as being mildly adventurous.

It has most of the usual suspects for a good Sloppy Joe, plus a few additional items to kick it up a bit. Oh, and don’t forget to toast the bread… that will give the sandwich a bit of crunch, and good mouth feel.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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1 lb
ground sirloin
1 Tbsp
grapeseed oil, more if needed
1 medium
yellow onion, chopped
1 medium
green bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
3 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 tsp
hot sauce (i like franks)
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
mild chili powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
ground mustard
1 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste
salt, kosher variety, to taste
4 oz
tomato sauce
3 oz
bbq sauce (i like sweet baby rays, vidalia onion flavor)
1/4 c
filtered water
2 Tbsp
cider vinegar
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
bread, of your choice

How to Make Awesome Open-Face Sloppy Joes


  • 1Gather your ingredients.
  • 2Add the oil to a large sauté pan, or skillet, over medium, and heat until shimmering, but not smoking.
  • 3Chef’s Tip: I choose grapeseed oil, because it doesn’t impart any additional “oil” taste, and it has a higher smoke point: 420f (216c). Compare that to olive oil with a smoke point of 320f (160c). That gives you the ability to sauté the veggies without smoking up the house… I like that.
  • 4Add the onion, and pepper, and sauté until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • 5Chef’s Note: As the veggies are sautéing, season with a bit of salt, to taste.
  • 6Chef’s Tip: Adding the salt at this stage of the game will help the veggies release their moisture.
  • 7Add the garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • 8Add the tomato paste and the hot sauce to the sauté pan.
  • 9Stir without stopping until incorporated into the veggies, about 1 minute.
  • 10Add the ground beef to the sauté pan.
  • 11Stir, breaking apart with a wooden spoon until the beef loses all of its pink, about 6 minutes.
  • 12Incorporate the cumin, chili powder, paprika, mustard, and cayenne to the sauté pan. Add a bit more salt, if you feel it needs it (I usually don't think that it does).
  • 13Stir until just combined, about 1 quick minute.
  • 14Finally, add the BBQ sauce, tomato sauce vinegar, water, and Worcestershire.
  • 15Chef’s Note: If you want to kick up a bit more, add a bit of Sriracha sauce. BANG.
  • 16Bring the mixture up to a light boil, and then bring down to a very light simmer.
  • 17Cover and allow it to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • 18Chef’s Note: Every 5 minutes, uncover and stir.
  • 19Chef’s Tip: If after 30 minutes the mixture does not appear to be thickening, remove the lid and allow it to simmer uncovered for the remaining 15 minutes.
  • 20Meanwhile, toast the bread.
  • 21Place on a plate. If you like you could run a couple of lines of mustard down the bread, or serve it on the side.
  • 22Chef’s Note: I like to serve mine with coleslaw; however, the sandwich stands on its own. Full stop.
  • 23Add the sloppy joe mixture to the bread.
  • 24Serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.
  • 25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Awesome Open-Face Sloppy Joes

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Soy Free

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